Books: Eighty Years of Ambition*

An infant prodigy who lived to be an octogenarian

The Life. Here are the milestones at the beginning and the end of a remarkable career:

Anno Domini 1756 (Feb. 6) : Esther Edwards Burr, daughter of

Jonathan Edwards and wife of the Rev. Aaron Burr, President of the College of New Jersey (Princeton), was unexpectedly delivered of her second child, a son, christened Aaron. The child was son, grandson, great-grandson, great-great-grandson of clergymen on both sides of his family.

1757-58: When little Aaron was 18 months old, his father died, and his Grandfather...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!